Deep in our hearts, we want to be like “them“. We want to be like “that person” who keeps “winning” the deal. Someone who manages to get the job done in any negotiation, be it purchasing a new car at a gallery or bargaining used items at Mudah.my[1] site. It is a well-known fact that negotiation is the key to success. We even have to negotiate with our children on many occasions! That shows how important the negotiation skill in our life.

In reality – negotiation is not an easy feat. I bet that even a seasoned negotiator would not know whether they can achieve a desirable result before entering the battle-field. Leaders often disguise their fear when negotiating despite their stature and position. There is no doubt that a winning-negotiator can be an important asset for most organisations, especially in the era of economic turbulence. Only the best shall win and survive. We need to get everything at a bargain! Even millionaires do need the best deal, right?

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Today when I woke up, I realised that I was at home and not outside in the forest. That is not unusual.

In my dream, I had a nice nap on a hammock at a beautiful tropical beach, and it had to be a “super white beach,” not some average beaches I can easily find in peninsula Malaysia! Coconut trees surrounded the pondok (hut) where I stayed, and beyond the secluded beach zone, there was a vast tropical forest with beautiful humming voices of birds and insects.

It is quite amusing to me that the most popular topic in social media today is “oil price hike“. Almost every Whatsapp group that I am part of talks about the RON97 gasoline MYR0.07 price increase! The ups and downs of fuel prices in Malaysia should not surprise us because many elements contribute to the volatility, not only in my home country but also globally. In short, the upward trend is not so surprising because of the geopolitical events around us.

About two weeks ago, I presented a paper to “a curious group of students” who wanted to know about the oil and gas industry. The presentation was made online, live via google hangout and a youtube channel. I think that the event went well, and so was my performance!

Part 3: Malaysia is one of the most respected Muslim countries in The World and here is why!

I have traveled to some places including most of the South East Asian countries and the Far Eastern too. There’s no doubt that these countries have a lot in common with Malaysia especially if we talk about the Nusantara countries like Indonesia, Brunei, Southern Thailand, and Singapore. Even if we visit nations like Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Timor Leste, there are still some similarities.

Throwback and Republication Series – Part 1 | Article 2 | Bahasa Malaysia Article.

(Written by: Ikram Rasid on 2nd April 2009)

PEACE, KEAMANAN SEJAGAT – APAKAH SUMBANGAN KITA SEBAGAI RAKYAT?

Assalamualaikum dan Salam Keamanan,

“People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people”
(Rakyat tidak sepatutnya takut akan kerajaan. Kerajaanlah yang sepatutnya takut akan rakyat.)

“Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.”
(Keamanan ialah bukan ketika tiada peperangan, tetapi ketika keadilan diwujudkan.)

Dua ungkapan di atas amatlah bersesuaian dengan topik kita pada kali ini, iaitu keamanan. Hati dan minda kita begitu peka terhadap keadaan yang tenang dan teratur, kerana ianya memberikan keamanan ke dalam jiwa kita. Keamanan itu, jika hilang daripada kehidupan seharian kita maka hati dan jiwa kita akan menjadi sakit, tidak tenteram.

IMPORTANT: This article, originally published on 31st July 2017, will be updated as the “New Malaysia” political scenarios and its related events develop.

UPDATED 16th February 2019: The “From Zero to Hero” prediction did happen in May 2018 when Pakatan Harapan (Coalition of Hope) won the 14th General Election in Malaysia.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE STARTS:

This is ‘The Chronological of Events’ from 1992 to 2001 (and extended). This is a classic case of “From Hero to Zero“, but who knows, it can turn out to be “From Zero to Hero” again very soon (if you know what I mean?) *sigh*

So, please go figure and connect the dots!

Note: These facts were painstakingly collected and researched from various reputable news sites around the globe (see references at the bottom of this article):

ENJOY!